Marine spatial plan
In March 2014, a Royal Decree drawing up a marine spatial plan establishing the spatial use of the Belgian part of the North Sea for the period 2014-2020, was published. The Belgian Minister for the North Sea took the initiative for this plan. A brochure, set up by his administration, the Belgian Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, summarizes the marine spatial plan and is available online in:
In order to make the geographical information in the Royal Decree accessible for a broad community of potential users, a collaboration between the Geocell of OD Nature (Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) and the Marine Environment Unit of the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment has been started, with as final purpose to publish validated, fully qualified, geographical layers through marineatlas.be.
Geocell has quality-controlled the geographical information published in the Belgian State Gazette, digitized it and converted this information into geometric shapes (shapefiles and kmz files).
The layers and maps related to the Belgian marine spatial plan have to be used jointly with the corresponding articles of the Royal Decree. These articles determine the rules that apply to the various zones.